06/12/11 6:18 PM ET
Saito scratched from rehab with tight shoulder
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Brewers considering a promotion for Gamel
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are mulling a midweek promotion for Triple-A first baseman Mat Gamel, whose bat could prove helpful in a weekend Interleague series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.Manager Ron Roenicke would like to give first baseman Prince Fielder, left fielder Ryan Braun and perhaps second baseman Rickie Weeks a day off in the field during the three-game set, and Gamel or Mark Kotsay could spell Fielder at first base on a day he's the designated hitter. "We talked about it a week ago, and we talked about it about 10 minutes ago," Roenicke told reporters Sunday morning. "So, yes, we've talked about it. [Gamel's] playing really well at first base, defensively. And offensively, he's done a nice job. He's been a little inconsistent, but he can swing. You guys have seen him." Gamel, who moved from third base to first this spring to give the Brewers coverage in the event Fielder departs next winter via free agency, was hitting .303 with 11 home runs and 39 RBIs through Nashville's loss at Albuquerque on Saturday night, when he homered for the second straight game. The 25-year-old has already played 75 games for the Brewers, but has only started 25 of them, and has never been given an extended opportunity to start in the big leagues. He's a .241 hitter with five home runs and 21 RBIs in 145 Major League at-bats. The Brewers would face an interesting call in freeing a 25-man roster spot for Gamel. With reliever Takashi Saito nearing a return from the 15-day disabled list, perhaps for the homestand that follows the Boston series, the Brewers could choose to play one reliever short against the Red Sox, then swap Gamel for Saito. Relievers Marco Estrada and Tim Dillard both have a Minor League option remaining.
McGehee appears close to ending slump
MILWAUKEE -- The box scores do not necessarily reflect it, but third baseman Casey McGehee entered Sunday's series finale against St. Louis showing some signs of shaking his slump.McGehee snapped an 0-for-27 slide with a single on Wednesday, and added singles against the Cardinals on Friday and Saturday. Those hits gave him three singles in his last 39 at-bats (.077), but it was the loud outs in the first two games against St. Louis that gave manager Ron Roencike some hope, including a line drive to the right-field wall on Saturday night that was snagged by Jon Jay with an outstanding, diving catch. Roenicke had originally planned to drop McGehee to the six-hole and let Corey Hart hit fifth for a series or two. But McGehee's improved at-bats scuttled that plan, and McGehee has remained in his usual spot except for one game. "If he's swinging better, I like him fifth," Roenicke said. "He's shown that when he swings well, that's a really nice spot for him in the lineup. ... His swings are a lot better. The balls that he's hitting are a lot sharper." McGehee is a key piece of the Brewers' offense because he bats behind Ryan Braun and cleanup man Prince Fielder. McGehee led the Brewers last season with 104 RBIs.
Brewers set for road trip to classic ballparks
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers packed their bags Sunday for a trip back in time.Monday marks the start of a seven-game trip to Chicago's Wrigley Field and Boston's Fenway Park, the two oldest cathedrals in baseball. Wrigley Field opened in 1914 as the home of the Federal League's Chicago Whales, two years after the Red Sox moved into Fenway Park. The next-oldest ballpark is Dodger Stadium, opened in 1962. "The tradition is great," said Mark Kotsay, who played for the Red Sox in 2008 and '09 and has made a slew of trips to Wrigley Field during parts of nine seasons with National League teams and two more years with the cross-town White Sox. "It's fun to be a part of it, to go in there and smell the old stadiums." It's a trade-off, because Wrigley Field and Fenway Park lack many of the amenities players have grown used to since the wave of ballpark construction in Major League Baseball. The entire visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field is roughly the size of the players' dining room at Miller Park. "I love playing the game there, seeing the old structures, that's pretty cool. But pregame, I'm not going to lie, I hate it," second baseman Rickie Weeks said. "It's hard to get into your routine the way you do other places. It's our job to get ready for a baseball game, and it's hard to do that." Kotsay will take the trade-offs. "I would assume some guys don't like it, but you have to realize that you're still in the big leagues, and you still get to perform on a Major League field wearing a Major League uniform," he said.